Settlement for Plaintiff Following Mistreatment for Ectopic Pregnancy

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Orpen Franks’ Medical Negligence Department secures substantial settlement for Plaintiff following mistreatment for ectopic pregnancy

The Plaintiff in this matter was admitted to a local maternity Hospital complaining of bleeding, having had a positive pregnancy test. On examination, she was noted to have had abdominal tenderness and a scan demonstrated an empty uterus. The differential diagnosis was considered to be either a complete miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy. Overnight, the Plaintiff had further significant abdominal pain and she was subsequently advised by her Consultant Obstetrician to undergo a laparotomy which is a surgical procedure involving a large incision through the abdominal wall to gain access into the abdominal cavity.

Given the invasive nature of her surgery, the Plaintiff was concerned about the standard of care afforded to her and consulted with Orpen Franks’ Medical Negligence Department. A report was obtained from an Obstetric expert who confirmed that it was unnecessary to perform a laparotomy procedure in this instance and that there were less invasive means by which the Plaintiff could have been treated without recourse to major surgery.

Proceedings were issued by Orpen Franks and the case ultimately settled for a substantial amount during the course of settlement negotiations with the Hospital’s representatives.

If you would like more information or if you have a concern about treatment afforded to you then please contact Clare Flavin, Senior Associate, Medical Negligence Department.

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